Alexandra Sieh
Alexandra Sieh

Dust off the boas and invest in some beads. Mardi Gras approaches.

A "holiday" I find amusing. I mean, a day dedicated to overeating and festive drinking? A night when partying mid-week is socially acceptable, bikinis seem to be enough to go out to bars in and masks make a comeback?

Sure. I'm down with that.

'Course, then you wake up, coated in feathers and foggy on the details, to a religious holiday that asks you to cut out junk food or precious beer drinking.

Reminds me of my friend who, we'll say, over-indulged downtown the night before Easter, couldn't find his car the next morning and had to convince his family when they got home from church that he'd actually been there the whole time after sneaking in the back.

Ah, to be young and still convinced of your impervious liver.

Well before you all become chaste, well-behaved darlings next Wednesday, allow for some overindulgence.

Like at Centro Latin Kitchen (950 Pearl St.). The folks there have lined up a weekend of tasty grub and drink specials. From Friday to Tuesday, pick up a Huracan Sofia for $8 or a Ponche for $6. Get some baby grilled cheese and serrano ham sandwiches — or Misto Quente as they've dubbed them — for $5.

Sunday, the Centro staff will host live performances by Ginga, Samba Colorado and Arial Acrobats from 2 to 5 p.m.

It'll all come to a head on Martes Gordo when Selasee will perform and the party will rock from 8 to 11 p.m.


Leave it to the folks at the Walrus Saloon (1173 Walnut St.) to get a Fat Tuesday bash planned, too. Get pumped for DJ Petey and $5 Hurricanes all night. Just the place to dance off all the fatty Tuesday foods you ate all day in honor of the holiday.

But hey, don't count breweries out! Beer's important, too, said the overly-biased #beergirl. And Fate Brewing (1600 38th St.) folks want you to get all fancified for their own Fat Tuesday par-tay. The brewers have their Biere de Mars-Di Gras to tap, and all those fabulous chefs will have a New Orleans-style menu prepped and ready. Dress up and you could win some cool prizes.

The West End Tavern (926 Pearl St.) are hosting the 2014 Wing King Challenge for a selected six competitors all anxious to cram 50 wings down their gullet in 30 minutes. Boulevard Brewing Co. will be sponsoring it, and serving up tasty brews for you to drink while you get nauseous watching these guys eat all that. Check it out at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

On Friday at 4 p.m., the folks at Cured, an artisanal cheese and cured meats shop (1825 Pearl St.), are pairing up with BRU Handbuilt Ales for an afternoon of foamy goodness. They'll have BRU's newest LOCH, a Scottish ale that's all kinds of smoky with hints of caramel and sherry.

My beautiful friend and I started this next event just a week ago. Our dear Old Chicago (1102 Pearl St.) friends have tapped into their St. Patrick's Day mini tour. And it's good. Ain't nothing wrong with a nice, cold Guinness, followed by Harps and a Colorado craft beer brewed for just such an occasion. It's running through March 17, and gets you entered for a trip to Ireland each time you swipe that Old C's card.

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